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Kensington: Getting Under The Skin Of Jake DelBene

Kensington: Getting Under The Skin Of Jake DelBene

Myke Chambers carefully selects the tattooers he wants working for him at his shop, Seven Swords Tattoo Company in Kensington. “Getting a tattoo is an experience people will remember for the rest of their lives,” Chambers said. “I feel it’s our job to not only give them a great tattoo, but also a professional and pleasant experience.”  […]

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Kensington: Jim Hardy Gives Back To Community Through Education and Soccer

Kensington: Jim Hardy Gives Back To Community Through Education and Soccer

Jim Hardy has been a social studies and world language teacher at Kensington Health Sciences Academy for almost 10 years. Hardy is a pillar in the community and one of the notable advocates for social change in Kensington. Hardy co-founded the Teachers Action Group, an organization that aims to give educators a voice during the policy-making […]

 

Kensington: Low Income Living, High Creativity and Community

  What happens when community outreach and real estate development culminate into an artistic outlet for Philadelphians? The New Kensington Community Development Corporation, one of the many community non-profit organizations that help serve the Fishtown/Kensington neighborhoods, has the answer with the Coral Street Arts House. Located at 2446 Coral St., just off York Street and […]

 

East Kensington: Five Places On Frankford Avenue That You Might Not Know

East Kensington: Five Places On Frankford Avenue That You Might Not Know

Frankford Avenue is among one of Philadelphia’s largest streets, spanning many miles across the city. One of the neighborhoods that Frankford Avenue passes through is East Kensington, where a variety of different businesses are located. From community organizations, to a 35-year-old fire protection company, East Kensington’s stretch of the avenue has a number of places […]

 

East Kensington: Philadelphia Brewing Company Grows With The Beer Industry

East Kensington: Philadelphia Brewing Company Grows With The Beer Industry

The number of American breweries is at a record-breaking high since the first breweries set up shop in 1887. Not far behind California—the state with the most breweries—is Pennsylvania, which tied with Wisconsin in 10th place for the nation’s most breweries per-state according to the most current Beer Institute statistics. The state’s licensed breweries is steadily […]

 

East Kensington: The Artists Of Coral Street

East Kensington: The Artists Of Coral Street

Painters, sculptors, illustrators and representatives across just about every other artistic medium are transforming the East Kensington neighborhood into an art district. For many of the neighborhood’s artists, the 2400 block of Coral Street has become both a place to work and live. Side-by-side, Coral Street Arts House and Viking Mill serve as landmarks of […]

 

East Kensington: The Sewing Circle of Philadelphia Threads Hobby With Therapeutic Values

East Kensington: The Sewing Circle of Philadelphia Threads Hobby With Therapeutic Values

With a keen sense of community, members of The Sewing Circle of Philadelphia meet at Coral Street Arts House on the first Sunday of every month not just to weave thread, but also to sew relationships. While the needle meets thread, members use the time to discuss a variety of topics. From discussions of individuality, […]

 

East Kensington: A Long Road to Martha Street for Devilfish Ink

In an annex of Philadelphia Brewing Company, Brian Potash, 39, owns and operates Devilfish Ink – a printmaking and graphic design company that he has run for 17 years. But it wasn’t until four years ago that Potash took his business to the Martha Street complex, after some pit stops along the way on a […]

 

East Kensington: Five Artists to Know

East Kensington: Five Artists to Know

No matter what point they’ve reached in their careers so far, artists across the disciplines are flocking to East Kensington, where a sense of art and community is becoming more and more established. 1. Brian Potash (pictured above) In this digital age, where so much is done through electronics, Devilfish Ink owner Brian Potash, 39, understands and appreciates […]

 

East Kensington: Five Places You Need To Know

East Kensington: Five Places You Need To Know

Easily accessible by public transportation, East Kensington is quickly becoming a destination for young creative types. In comparison to neighboring communities like Fishtown and Olde Richmond, East Kensington is more densely populated by families and—though predominantly white—is more ethnically diverse, with a significant amount of African American and Hispanic residents, according to 2010 Census data. […]